Exhibitor focus: Neometals

Exhibitor focus: Neometals

October 8, 2019
Press Release: Neometals

Perth, Australia-based metals developer Neometals, an exhibitor and speaker at E-Waste World Conference & Expo, is on a mission to prove the technical and economic viability of its proprietary process to recover metals from recycled lithium-ion batteries

A recently completed scoping study by Neometals has indicated that cobalt, nickel, copper and lithium can be recovered as high-purity sulphate products with an estimated operating cost of AU$15/kg of contained cobalt sulphate before by-product credits. The company has patents pending in Australia and Europe, while pilot test work is currently being carried out in Canada and will be followed up by an engineering study and a feasibility study.

The scoping study supports the company’s strategy to target the growing need for sustainable recycling solutions as global adoption of lithium-ion batteries grows for electric vehicles and energy storage.

Neometals has designed a recycling process with the flexibility to handle lithium-cobalt-oxide batteries and nickel-manganese-cobalt batteries.

Progress is being made at the pilot project in Canada from which data will be extracted to construct a commercial-scale plan.

“Neometals has invested in a true recycling solution rather than a base metals recovery process,” said managing director Chris Reed. “It has been engineered for real-world conditions and recovers multiple high-purity chemicals from an array of battery chemistries. We look forward to completing pilot testing in Canada so as to prove the technical feasibility and economic viability. In parallel, we will be accelerating our discussions with relevant major players in the global lithium-ion battery supply chain.”

Reed says he expects there to be “a massive increase” in the volumes of scrap and end-of-life batteries from consumer electronics and EVs along with the growing need for ethical and sustainable supply chains.

Neometals began an engineering study on its recycling plant in July 2019 and expects the study and a broader feasibility study to be completed in the first quarter of 2020. Construction of the plant is expected to take around 12 months, meaning that it could be operational in 2021.

E-Waste World Conference & Expo will take place from Thursday 14 November to Friday 15 November at the Kap Europa, Frankfurt Messe, Germany. To register for this highly focused, solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com

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